The Desert of the Heart

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Arno Press, 1965 - Fiction - 224 pages
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It is a beautifully written, beautiful love story. - Goodreads
Jane Rule is a remarkable writer. - Goodreads
It's not a mushy love story. - Goodreads
I would have done a little less in my own writing. - Goodreads

Review: Desert of the Heart (Novels #1)

User Review  - Bellish - Goodreads

A "lesbian classic" from 1964, I was expecting something a little more pulpy and less well written, so that was a nice suprise, but it was too dry in the end. It could have done with more plot and less abstract conversation and author soapboxing. Read full review

Review: Desert of the Heart (Novels #1)

User Review  - Sheela Word - Goodreads

Extremely well-written lesbian romance set in 1960's Reno. One protagonist is a buttoned-up middle-aged college professor ending a disastrous long-time marriage. The other is a talented and tormented ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
15
Section 3
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Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1931, Jane Vance Rule recBorn in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1931, Jane Vance Rule received her B.A. from Mills College, California, and taught foeived her B.A. from Mills College, California, and taught for two years at Concord Academy, Massachusetts, where she metr two years at Concord Academy, Massachusetts, where she met Helen Sonthoff with whom she lived from 1956 until Helen's Helen Sonthoff with whom she lived from 1956 until Helen's death in 2000. After twenty years of working periodically atdeath in 2000. After twenty years of working periodically at the University of British Columbia, she moved to Galiano Is the University of British Columbia, she moved to Galiano Island, where she became a much-loved and generous contributorland, where she became a much-loved and generous contributor to the island community. She died at her Galiano home in No to the island community. She died at her Galiano home in November, 2007. Jane Rule's seven novels present a range of chvember, 2007. Jane Rule's seven novels present a range of characters in a variety of situations but it is for her unapolaracters in a variety of situations but it is for her unapologetic and clear-eyed writing on lesbian themes that she is ogetic and clear-eyed writing on lesbian themes that she is best known. Her first published novel Desert of the Heart bebest known. Her first published novel Desert of the Heart became a classic of lesbian literature; it was made into the fcame a classic of lesbian literature; it was made into the film Desert Hearts. Her commissioned book Lesbian Images is ailm Desert Hearts. Her commissioned book Lesbian Images is a pioneering study of the often veiled forms in which women h pioneering study of the often veiled forms in which women have written of love between women. She was also a prolific wave written of love between women. She was also a prolific writer of short stories and essays, published in four previouriter of short stories and essays, published in four previous collections. For ten years she wrote a column headed "So'ss collections. For ten years she wrote a column headed "So's your Grandmother" for the gay liberationist newspaper The B your Grandmother" for the gay liberationist newspaper The Body Politic. The recipient of numerous awards in recognitionody Politic. The recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her work as writer and social activist, Jane Rule was in of her work as writer and social activist, Jane Rule was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and the Orducted into the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and the Order of Canada in 2007. der of Canada in 2007.

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